Cost: $425/season + $150 boat charter fee.
Pre-Requisite: Completion of Level 2 Optimist or Program Director’s Approval
Practice Times: Saturdays – Rigged and Ready by 10:00 AM and class until 4:00 PM, lunch on the water.
Session Dates: Spring: January 7 – May 13
Green Fleet Racing builds on the skills learned in the Level 2 Optimist class to improve boat handling as well as introducing sailors to the application of the Optimist Dinghy in a racing environment. Sailors work on boat control, developing boat speed, maneuvering, and sailing around a course. They practice all the points of sail by tacking, jibing, and rounding marks. As the class progresses, sailors learn more about rules of the road and are introduced to racing, learning how to start and complete a race.
Sailors receive on-shore chalk talks in preparation for on-the-water drills. As sailor’s skill levels develop, sailors may be encouraged to participate in area regattas. Here the sailors work on sail trim, boat speed, tactics, rules, and strategy under actual racing conditions. Sailors will also be videotaped to show how to improve their technique.
While the main focus of Green Fleet is racing, there is also a healthy component of fun involved with a strong emphasis on team building an sportsmanship. Monthly regattas are available (minimum of 4 attendees required) but not mandatory for all Green Fleet sailors. Some sailors choose to attend all events, others only choose to attend one or two over the course of the year.